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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1948, the city of Williston was struck by a massive tornado that caused extensive damage to buildings and homes, killing two people and injuring dozens more.

2. On July 29, 1898, iconic Old West outlaw and leader of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy, was reportedly spotted in Dickinson, North Dakota, along with his accomplice, the Sundance Kid.

3. In 1985, the United Airlines Flight 232 crash occurred in Sioux City, Iowa, but several North Dakotans were among the 185 survivors thanks to the heroic efforts of the flight crew and emergency responders.

4. On July 29, 1905, North Dakota's first state capitol building was completed in Bismarck after three years of construction. The building still stands today and serves as the governor's office and state library.

5. In 2004, the Sakakawea statue was unveiled in Bismarck to honor the Shoshone woman who served as a guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The statue stands 12 feet tall and weighs 3,500 pounds.
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